European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn wrote on Twitter, Censor.NET reports.
"Constitutional amendments on judiciary reform are essential steps for Ukraine's future! The rule of law is crucial to build an open and dynamic Ukrainian society and economy!" he noted.
As previously reported, after the Revolution of Dignity, the Ukrainian authorities undertook to carry out radical changes in the country. The declared reforms included a judiciary reform. In particular, at the end of October 2015, the Constitutional Commission approved the final version of draft amendments to the Constitution in terms of justice. On Jan. 28, 2016, Rada forwarded the said draft amendments to the Constitutional Court. On Feb. 1, the draft amendments were recognized to be in line with the Constitution. On Feb. 2, the draft amendments to the Constitution in terms of justice passed the first reading in the parliament.
However, the amendments to the Constitution also require changes to other Ukrainian legal acts. To this end, on May 30, Poroshenko brought in a bill on judicial system and status of judges, which was registered on May 31. In order for changes to judicial system to become effective, the parliament must consider and adopt the said bill as well as to pass the draft amendments to the Constitution in the second reading.
Poroshenko's bill significantly changes the structure of Ukraine's judicial system as well as the procedure for appointing, dismissal, and prosecution of judges.